It’s time to continue our series on the history of the M-16 and how it came to be. You see, the story of the M-16 is really the story of its accompanying cartridge, the 5.56×45 NATO.
We last left off from this tale in 1955, where Gerald Gustafson and William Davis had their funding cut off for any further research into small-caliber high-velocity (SCHV) cartridges. The Army Ordnance Board, responsible for developing new small arms, was well down the path to adopting the 7.62 NATO and M-14 rifle. [Read Full Article »]